Introduction to Drawing Short Course with Sam Leach

24 August - 14 September, 2024 (4 sessions)
Saturdays, 1:30pm - 4:00pm - Union Studio

Drawing is fundamental to any artistic practice. This short course is designed for people who are looking to learn the fundamentals of observational drawing. Perfect for beginners or those looking for a refresher on drawing techniques.


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Introduction to drawing fundamentals and technique.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Ages: This course is designed for adults
(Art students aged 15 – 17 may be able to attend, please contact to discuss suitability)


4 week short course 

  • Dates: Saturdays; 24 August – 14 September, 2024 (4 sessions)
  • Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm (2.5 hours)
  • Location: MAC Union Studio  | Level 1, 85 Union Street, Armadale
  • Course fee: $304 inc. GST


Observational drawing, in simple terms, means creating a visual representation of what you see in front of you or in reference images. It involves carefully observing a subject’s shape, form, texture, light, and shadow to create a true-to-life depiction.

Drawing from life is particularly challenging, as it demands capturing the ever-changing essence of the subject. Observational drawing serves as a foundational skill for artists, benefiting various drawing forms like figure drawing, still life, landscape, and portraiture. It enhances your observation skills, refines technical abilities, and deepens your understanding of form, light, and shadow. It’s a skill that improves with practice and patience, allowing you to create accurate and realistic representations.

Throughout this concise Introduction to Drawing Fundamentals you’ll explore essential drawing elements, including line, tone, proportion, and value. Practical exercises will empower you to perceive and apply these elements in your artistic practice.

Our small class sizes ensure an individualised learning journey with one-on-one tuition.

This course is presented by artist Sam Leach, winner of the Archibald Prize and Wynne prize.


Images: @angela_as_snow, David Hamilton, Arjun, Gorgia, various example exercises, Union studio



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MAC Union Studio, Armadale

Wednesday morning long pose, some short pose and occasional costumed Life Drawing for artists at our Union St, Armadale Studio.



19 July - 16 August, 2024  (5 sessions)
23 August - 20 September, 2024  (5 sessions)
Fridays 9:30am – 12:30 pm (3hrs) - Union Studio

Learn Drawing Fundamentals. Each week Camila will lead the class through a drawing experience. Participants will work observationally from life in various context and settings; from studio based work to street drawing. Designed as a rolling program, participants will journey with Camila as their guide, trying a range of drawing techniques and materials.


Courtesy of Samara Adamson-Pinczewski and Charles Nodrum Gallery

MAC Elgin Studio, Hawthorn
16 July - 13 August 2024

Melbourne Art Class welcomes leading Australian contemporary abstract artist Samara Adamson-Pinczewski to conduct an introductory course solely dedicated to abstract art practice. This course introduces the key elements and techniques of abstraction and will help beginner students, and artists who would like to revisit the fundamentals.


20 August - 17 September, 2024 (5 sessions)
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Union Studio

Take a deep dive into the landscape and the classical techniques used by contemporary painter Sam Leach. He will lead you though the fundamentals of Grisaille, and demonstrate how artists such as Da Vinci, Titian, Vermeer and Rembrandt created such memorable work. A great course for beginners and those that are wanting to improve their painting.


Watercolour and Gouache Illustration Short Course with Olivia York

22 August - 12 September, 2024  (4 sessions)

Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm - Glenferrie Studio

Students will be introduced to basic gouache and watercolour illustration techniques including colour mixing, laying washes, colour glazing and lifting out, to set the foundation for watercolour painting. Olivia will also discuss the basic materials and equipment of watercolour such as a selection of basic colours in pans or tubes, brushes, watercolour papers, palettes and accessories.


Even if you have never picked up a pencil or a paintbrush before, our Introductory Foundation Art Courses are designed to guide beginner learners through the fundamentals of drawing and painting through quality art education.

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